Metadata in the UK

Maewyn Cumming

Abstract


The UK Government’s Modernising Government programme, begun in 1999, called for the delivery of high quality public services, to be made available seven days a week, 365 days a year. This led to the development of a central portal from which citizens could gain ready access to services and information from many sources. To achieve this, a programme to develop and implement a standard metadata system was undertaken. The policy is to use simple Dublin Core until an enhanced version, with additional elements, is developed and tested. A system of vocabulary control for the Subject element is being developed. Such a standard is also being considered by other national governments with similar demands.

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